Brees credits 'phenomenal' defense after surpassing Brady in Bucs blow-out

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in a game this season in a Week 9 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in Tampa Fla. File

The win puts New Orleans (6-2) a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay (6-3) in the NFC South race, completing the sweep of their divisional opponent in the 2020 campaign.

Sunday night's matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was supposed to be a shootout between Drew Brees and Tom Brady.

McCaffrey missed the previous six weeks with a high-ankle sprain before returning against K.C. It would be great news for the Panthers if this injury only cost the star RB one game. "I was happy to see him out there, discouraged for him that he got banged up, and we'll see the extent of it as we move forward".

Of course, the sky isn't in Tampa Bay, but the Bucs may have prematurely been crowned NFC favorites.

Brady finished the day with a quarterback rating of 3.8, throwing for just 209 yards and three interceptions.

Malcolm Jenkins, David Onyemata and Marcus Williams each had interceptions for the Saints.

In nine games this season, Weatherly, who signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal last offseason, had 17 tackles and one tackle for loss.

"I'm anticipating much more week to week", Rhule said. "When you play against good teams, there is little room for error". He slid through the line, the middle linebacker didn't pick him up and Teddy Bridgewater found McCaffrey for the 9-yard score and a 7-0 Panthers lead.

The Buccaneers' kicker, Ryan Succop, scored a 48-yard kick and the final score of the evening was 5-57.